Rebecca Mar

Mercer Island counselor is a Rat City Rollergirl

It is a serene setting for counseling — a bright, homey room, a cozy space painted in pale blue with windows facing to the north and the west. Amanda Beer is just settling into her new office in the Island Crest Lodge building.

New insurance agency on Mercer Island

A retail space in the 77 Central building along Sunset Highway is newly occupied by Allstate insurance agency. Jeremy Olson, the agency owner, purchased the space in November 2011 and moved in at the beginning of February.

Edward Jones financial advisor moves into former Quiznos space

A new Edward Jones financial advisor has moved into the space that once housed Quiznos Subs. Albert Angel, a Seattle resident, moved into his new office on Mercer Island in mid-March, coming from Leschi.

‘I knew what my calling was’ | Community Profile

Thirty years ago, Chris Tubbs began his career with the Mercer Island Fire Department. He started as a full-time firefighter in July 1982 and became the fire chief in January 2008 after progressing through every rank.

Speech pathologist opens new Mercer Island clinic

A children’s speech therapist moved into the north end of Mercer Island last month. Megan Campbell’s practice, Campbell Speech Pathology, aids children ages 1 1/2 to 18 who have speech and language disorders.

Downed power lines, sliding vehicles among snow incidents | Mercer Island Police Blotter

Six incidents resulting from the inclement weather on Mercer Island have been reported.

Two vehicles recovered after string of car thefts

Vehicles stolen from high school and burglarized residence recovered

Marine is witness to history

WWII veteran on ship when kamikaze planes attacked, saw flag raised at Iwo Jima

New interior design shop opens in Finders space

A new interior design business has moved into the suite previously occupied by Finders. Carly Burns, who just moved back to Mercer Island after attending school in New York and L.A., opened C. Michele Interior Lifestyles on Sept. 28.

Mercer Islanders offer expertise on how to get published

Writers from as far away as Portland congregated at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center for a publishing salon on Sunday afternoon. Some were published authors, but most had works in progress: a memoir of growing up on a farm in Enumclaw, an illustrated children’s book, a biography set in Africa.

Nile the cat retrieves mail, brings neighbors together

When Mindy Stern and her husband returned home from a weekend trip and found a wet envelope on their doorstep, they knew who had left it there: their cat, Nile. Nile may bring home an occasional mouse or two, as any typical outdoor cat would do, but his most frequent offerings are paper items and litter: a library overdue notice, a business advertisement, a University of Washington parking stub.

Lindbergs relish the simple things together this Valentine’s Day

Polly Lindberg was going with someone else at the time when she met the man she would marry. John Lindberg, a doctor, was in town from Chicago for his colleague’s wedding to Polly’s sister in Des Moines, Iowa. “That’s when Polly became a person of interest to me,” said John.

‘The soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, is to be respected’ | Community Profile

You’ve probably seen him at Noah’s Bagels, working behind the counter during the lunch rush. Dave Rosen is a veteran who went to Somalia with the Marines during the humanitarian aid mission that led to the Black Hawk Down conflict in Mogadishu. A Mercer Island High School graduate, Rosen enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 24. He initially intended to get aircraft mechanic certification, but then the Gulf War started, and he became a data systems maintenance technician who attained the rank of sergeant. After six years of military service, he became a sheriff’s deputy in California. He returned to Mercer Island three and a half years ago.

New wine store coming to Mercer Island

Mercer Island will have a new wine store before Christmas. Its grand opening is planned for Dec. 1. Owner Flora Brier, from the former Soviet Union, recently acquired American citizenship and started up the Olde Wine Store with the help of a temporary CEO, Terry Protto, and both sat down with the Reporter.

‘The JCC is my way of being Jewish’ | Community Profile

Sarah Sorte returned to the Stroum Jewish Community Center three years ago, where she had worked as a receptionist for six years. She is now the concierge services manager and commutes from the Issaquah Highlands. Her sister, Beth Rosen, also works at the SJCC, and her children, she said “grew up here.” Her teenage son is a scorekeeper at the SJCC, where her daughter has also worked in the reception area. “It’s a great place to raise a family,” she said.

‘The church must be connected with the community’ | Community Profile

Reverend John Chae is the new pastor of the Mercer Island United Methodist Church, which has around 100 members and represents various ethnicities including Chinese, African and Japanese. Chae is a graduate of Garrett Theological Seminary, near Chicago, and resides in Kirkland with his wife, Regina, a social worker. The couple has three grown children.

U.S. Marshals Service presents awards to emergency responders

The U.S. Marshals Service and Mercer Island Fire Department presented awards during the Oct. 4 City Council meeting to two individuals who helped save the life of Mercer Island resident Jack Williams. After Williams, an assistant chief deputy U.S. marshal, collapsed from a major heart arrhythmia at Islander Middle School last June, bystanders Erin White and Eric Weber began prompt CPR.

‘Every one question is important’ | Community Profile

Who she is: Margaret Martin, Mercer Island Library children’s librarian. What she does: I work with all ages, helping with various reference questions at the desk, and help people find information. The biggest responsibilities are helping find that right book for a child. Reader’s Advisory is a big part of what I do. Another part is helping kids 0-5 with early learning through our story times.

Emergency well is ready for operation

Mercer Island residents gathered at the site of the Rotary Park emergency well on Tuesday morning, Sept. 7, for a well activation and operation procedure overview led by MIPD officer Jennifer Franklin.

Last Third Thursday Art Walk for Bassi Jones is Aug. 19

A meadow of lupines below snow-capped Mt. Rainier, a stroll along a beach path, a deep purple sunrise — framed photos from photographers Judy West and Nancy Winberg line the second-story hallway of the Bassi Jones building.